Fellowship Program

Postdoctoral Training Program in Neonatology Emory University School of Medicine

The goal of our program is to train neonatologists of the future through a well-balanced training program based on strong foundations in clinical skills, research, and teaching. For those interested in academic careers, the program offers unlimited opportunities in research and teaching. For the clinically-oriented scientist, the program provides a rich clinical experience in one of the largest neonatal services in the country, supplemented by ample opportunities to pursue clinical research. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The curriculum is structured around a three-year fellowship program. One-third of this time is devoted to clinical training. Our commitment to “education-based”, rather than “service-based” fellowship structure is made possible by the in-corporation of 34 masters-trained neonatal nurse practitioners, 27 MD & 5 PhD Faculty Members. Our state-of-the-art clinical service provides on-site exposure to the use of high-frequency ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and inhaled nitric oxide. Cross training in other related clinical arenas is encouraged through electives in maternal-fetal medicine, cardiology, etc. A well-structured postdoctoral education program forms the back¬bone of our fellowship program providing a solid back¬ground in research methods and design, statistics, epidemiology, critical review of literature, and laboratory methods. An ongoing series of seminars in basic sci¬ences/advances, journal clubs, and lectures by nationally-renowned visiting faculty keep trainees up to date with the latest scientific and clinical developments.

Research training is a major component of our fellowship program with nearly two-thirds of the fellowship time dedicated to research pursuits. A wide range of research opportunities are offered within the division and elsewhere throughout the Medical School. The recently established Emory and Children’s Pediatric Research Center provides unprecedented opportunities for the fellow in training. Home to 13 research centers of excellence and 10 core facilities, the Emory and Children’s Pediatric Research Center has collaborative cutting edge research initiatives by investigators from Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Morehouse School of Medicine (www.pedsresearch.org). The Division of Neonatology has 5500 sq ft of bench research space with ongoing projects utilizing a variety of research methods. Faculty and fellows have access to the Emory and Children’s Pediatric Research Center as well as several other research institutions in Atlanta, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Kidney Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, and Yerkes Regional Primate Laboratory. Emory is a member of the National Institutes of Health Neonatal Network, which is involved in a number of multi-center clinical trials.

Clinical Facilities at Emory include three major hospitals in Atlanta. Grady Memorial Hospital is the largest general hospital in the State of Georgia and is among the largest in the nation. It has a maximum bed capacity of over 900 and cares for approximately 40,000 inpatients and 800,000 outpatients including more than 245,000 in emergency clinics. A recent $310 million dollar renovation and expansion program, created a 111 bed neonatal intensive and intermediate-care unit at Grady, making it one of the largest Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine centers in the US.

Emory University Hospital Midtown is a 583-bed community and tertiary-care hospital. It is one of the nation's leading community-based, acute care teaching facilities with an outstanding reputation in the field maternal and infant care. It serves as a strong perinatal referral center, receiving both high-risk maternal and neonatal transports with 3400 deliveries per year. Emory University Hospital Midtown's NICU is a 38 Bed Level III and level II unit.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston is a 235-bed nationally recognized inpatient, acute, secondary, and quaternary referral center for infants and children. The neonatal clinical service at this site provides Level IV care, including high-frequency ventilation, pre- and postoperative surgical management for the high-risk neonate, ECMO, and nitric oxide treatment. Children's recent expansion into a new Level IV unit in 2007 expanded our level IV beds to 18, with an additional 18 swing and step down beds available.

The Department of Pediatrics at Emory University is one of the largest pediatric departments in the country with 225 MD and 53 PhD faculty members, 61 residents, and 74 post-doctoral fellows. Fully-accredited fellowships are currently available in several other pediatric subspecialties including cardiology, allergy/ immunology, critical care medicine, general pediatrics emergency medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, genetics and neurology.
Emory University, a private institution made up of nine schools and colleges, was founded in 1836. The School of Medicine was founded in 1854 and supports an extensive program of teaching, research, and service that involves approximately 2,200 full and part-time faculty members and 1,350 medical students and house officers.

Atlanta is the financial, cultural, and educational center of the southeast. The city consistently ranks as one of the nation’s most livable cities, booming in population and opportunity. It is the home of Coca-Cola and more than 400 of the Fortune 500 corporations have offices located here. With all of its urban sophistication, Atlanta remains an extremely livable city with a distinctive southern warmth all its own. Atlanta’s moderate climate, generally pleasant year-round, offers the variety of four distinct seasons. For entertainment, we have the High Museum, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Ballet. For the sports enthusiast, there are the Atlanta Braves, Hawks, and Falcons. For the outdoors enthusiast, we have the North Georgia mountains, river rafting, canoeing, and sailing, plus the ski slopes of North Carolina; all within a few hours' drive. Educational opportunities abound with 19 public school systems and over 70 private schools in the metropolitan area, 29 degree-granting colleges, junior colleges and universities and, best of all, there is EMORY.

Prerequisites: Applicants must have completed training in an approved pediatric residency program and fulfilled the eligibility requirement for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics. Applicants must satisfy the Georgia State Board of Medical Examiner’s requirement to obtain state licensure. International medical graduates must be ECFMG certified. Neither country-U.S. citizenship, nor permanent residency is required. Minority physicians are encouraged to apply. Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. Stipends are based on the years of training to levels established by Emory University.

For more information contact:
Theresa W. Gauthier, MD
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
tgauthi@emory.edu

Heidi Karpen, MD
Associate Director Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
heidi.karpen@emory.edu

Shaquandra Shannon
Coordinator, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
s.shannon@emory.edu
Telephone: (404) 727-5765; Fax: (404) 727-3236

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